Final countdown for local student

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A Banchory teenager has made it through to the finals of a prestigious singing competition.

Ewan Black, 18, successfully auditioned for the Dance School of Scotland at Knightswood in Glasgow and has been studying musical theatre since 2010.

The Dance School was asked to enter its best two performers into the Stephen Sondheim Society Student Performer of the Year competition - a prestigious award known throughout the industry - during which Ewan has to sing a Stephen Sondheim song.

The heats for the final took place on March 31 at RADA in London and Ewan was selected from 70 competitors as one of 12 finalists. This is only the second year the DSS has been asked to enter students. The other finalists are from drama and musical theatre colleges all over the UK. The final takes place at the Queens Theatre in London’s West End, on May 27.

Ewan, formerly of Mount Street, Banchory, and now of Glasgow, said: “That’s sort of why it’s so amazing that I got into the final because I am in a great school but it isn’t a proper three-year course like RADA, LAMDA or Bristol Old Vic, it’s a feeder school that trains students to go on to their next school.”

The 12 finalists will sing their Sondheim song and also a song written by a new composer, as there is another award on the night for song writing. The winner receives £1,000 and gains the title Stephen Sondheim Champion 2012.

“Just to be nominated was amazing, but I never dreamed I would get to the final!” said Ewan.

“Being in the final gives you so much interest throughout the industry and will be great for later on in my career.”

Ewan started out doing a few musical theatre classes at the Deeside Dance School in Banchory, then joined Deeside Musical Society (DMS), Aberdeen Youth Music Theatre (AYMT) and Youth Music Theatre UK (YMT:UK)

“Whilst at YMT:UK I heard about a school called The Dance School Of Scotland. I got a late audition and got a place on the two-year National Musical Theatre course.

“Recently, I got my ATCL diploma in acting and am well into rehearsals for ‘Bye Bye Birdie’, in which I have the leading role of Albert Peterson. The show starts on June 23 2012 in the Citizens Theatre, Glasgow.”